Blues Traveler's John Popper Arrested
March 8, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
BLUES TRAVELER singer and harmonica player JOHN POPPER was arrested after the vehicle he was riding in was clocked going 111 mph, the WASHINGTON State Patrol said WEDNESDAY. POPPER was arrested TUESDAY afternoon on Interstate 90 near the SPOKANE/LINCOLN county line.
Inside the black MERCEDES SUV, officers found a cache of weapons and a small amount of marijuana, the Patrol said. A police dog searched the vehicle, finding numerous hidden compartments containing four rifles, nine handguns and a switchblade knife. Authorities also found a Taser and night-vision goggles. The vehicle was seized.
POPPER, who lives in SNOHOMISH, WA, is the owner of the vehicle, which was being driven by BRIAN GOURGEOIS, said state patrol Trooper JEFF SEVIGNEY. The vehicle also had flashing emergency headlights, a siren and a public address system, the Patrol said.
"POPPER indicated to troopers that he had installed these items in his vehicle because [in the event of a natural disaster] he didn't want to be left behind," the Patrol said in a news release. POPPER also told officers he collected weapons, the Patrol said.